According to the Main Investigative Committee of the ICR and the Prosecutor General’s Office supervising it, the head of the investigative department of the committee for the Tverskoy district of Moscow, Marat Tambiev, received a bribe in bitcoins from the hackers under investigation, corresponding to almost $24 million. where they were found by hacking into his computer. The bribe-givers got off with suspended sentences, while the authorities expect to confiscate all of Mr. Tambiev’s corruption income.
On Monday, June 5, the Nikulinsky District Court of Moscow is to consider a lawsuit filed by First Deputy Prosecutor General Anatoly Razinkin, who seeks the confiscation of Marat Tambiev’s corruption proceeds.
Having entered the service in the ICR in December 2011, Mr. Tambiev successively held the positions of an investigator of the Gagarinsky Interdistrict Investigation Department, an investigator for especially important cases of the Investigation Department for the South-Western Administrative District, a deputy head of the Meshchansky Investigation Department, his head and, finally, the head of the Investigation Department in the Tverskoy district of the capital GSU TFR. Supervision found that the investigating officer officially lived on one salary, while he and his family members did not have expensive property and savings in Russian rubles, as well as foreign and cryptocurrency. In any case, none of them declared it.
However, during the investigation of the criminal case initiated against Mr. Tambiev under Part 6 of Art. 290 (taking a bribe on an especially large scale) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation of the Main Investigative Committee of the ICR, and then by the Prosecutor General’s Office, it was established that the defendant is the owner of 1032.1 bitcoins, the value of which as of January 30, 2023 is equivalent to $ 23,980,843, or 1.662 billion rubles. at the then exchange rate of the Central Bank.
According to investigators, Mr. Tambiev received the cryptocurrency on April 7 last year from members of the hacker group Infraud Organization Mark and Konstantin Bergmanov, as well as Kirill Samokutyaevsky, whose criminal case was under his investigation, for not seizing their assets.
Note that a bribe of 1.6 billion rubles. is a record for Russian law enforcement officers. Even the underground billionaire from the Ministry of Internal Affairs Dmitry Zakharchenko, according to the verdict of the Presnensky District Court of Moscow, was found guilty of taking bribes totaling 1.4 billion rubles, but not one-time, but over a decade. Ex-police officer Zakharchenko was given a 16-year sentence on two convictions, which he is now appealing to the Moscow City Court.
The alleged bribe from Mr. Tambiev was discovered during a search of his apartment on Bolshaya Ochakovskaya Street in Moscow. Among other things, according to Kommersant, they found an Apple MacBook Pro laptop in his possession, which was hacked only a few months later.
In it, the attention of the investigators of the central apparatus of the ICR was attracted by a folder called “Pension”, which contained a photograph of a sheet of paper with records of codes that allowed Mr. Tambiev to access 932.1 and 100 bitcoins.
The investigation took a long time to decide what to do with them, and as a result, the next operation was carried out. By decision of the Basmanny Court, to which the Main Investigative Directorate of the ICR applied, bitcoins were seized “by seizing and transferring to the electronic address of the crypto wallet” located on the Ledger Nano X hardware wallet for cryptocurrencies. On the same day, the investigator transferred the cryptocurrency to the wallet address, after which a hardware wallet with access keys to it is placed in the storage room for physical evidence of the TFR.
Justifying the confiscation of Mr. Tambiev’s pension, the Deputy Prosecutor General pointed out that for the entire time of his service in the investigating authorities, the accused officially received a little more than 11.7 million rubles, and the fact that he had bitcoins, estimated at 1.6 billion rubles, “indicates the receipt of property from sources not provided for by law”, that is, the commission of a corruption offense.
Kommersant has no comments from Mr. Tambiev’s defense. It is known that he denies his guilt in corruption, and until recently he sued the Investigative Committee, seeking reinstatement. The fact is that he was fired from the TFR for violating the oath and committing an act discrediting the honor of an employee of the investigating authority. However, in his appeal to the court, Mr. Tambiev pointed out that since the crime allegedly committed by him has not yet been proven in court (the investigation is ongoing), the very fact of a corruption offense has not been established. Accordingly, the investigator demanded that he be reinstated and compensated for the “time of forced absenteeism”. The lawsuit was dismissed because the violation of the oath was confirmed by a departmental audit.
As for bribe-givers-hackers, their criminal prosecution for a corruption offense was discontinued.
And for illegal trading in bank card data with damage in the amount of more than 1 billion rubles. they are according to the corresponding part 2 of Art. 187 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation received suspended sentences from two years and six months to three and a half years. The case was considered by the court in a special order in connection with the recognition by the defendants of their guilt and the conclusion of a deal with the prosecutor, in the framework of which they spoke about corruption in the investigating authorities. At the same time, the Tagansky District Court confiscated from the convicts the bitcoins remaining after the bribe to the investigator, estimated at almost 700 million rubles, to the state.